What is the first dream Mr. Lorry has on the Dover mail train in Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities?

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Mr. Lorry, as he travels on the mail train in chapter three of the book, is never quite asleep. Dickens states that the bumping of the coach is always, to a certain extent, with him; he is aware of its bumpings and swayings. However, he does have a sort of half-dream, what Dickens calls "a current of impression," which is obviously connected to the fact of what he is doing and the anxieties that are laying upon him at this moment.

The drift of his "fancy" is that he is going to dig someone up out of a grave. He is not sure who exactly it is that he will be digging up, but he sees various impressions of a person—always a man of about forty-five years of age who has been buried, he says, for nearly eighteen years and has since given up all hope of being dug up. The "spectre" reacts differently when Lorry asks him, in the dream, whether he wants to come up and see "her." Sometimes he says yes; sometimes he doesn't understand who is being spoken about; and sometimes he says no—it would kill him. The creature is then dug up out of its grave. The refrain that the person has been buried "for eighteen years" is repeated throughout the dream.

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In Chapter Three, "The Night Shadows," after falling asleep on the way to Dover, Mr. Lorry dreams about Tellson Bank. As the dream develops, Mr. Lorry envisions a man who has been buried for eighteen years, and then manages to dig himself out. Throughout the dream Mr. Lorry revisits this three times, thus confirming that the man was buried for eighteen years. In a reflective moment while waking up, Mr. Lorry contemplates the severity of man being (literally) kept away from nature. This notion is confirmed as Mr. Lorry himself gazes at the vast countryside.

The dream itself is quite telling because it serves as a way for Dickens to explore a key motif throughout the text -- resurrection or rebirth. The dream not only haunts Mr. Lorry, but it also haunts the text on a general level. The plot of the novel is thus driven by this notion of resurrection, at least symbolically, and as Mr. Lorry is resurrected from sleep, we see the sun function as a mechanism of rebirth. 

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